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Flowers for Dad

by Suzie Kostick on June 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

It’s June and that means Father’s Day is just around the corner. Wondering what to get Dad? Have you ever thought about giving him flowers? That’s right, bold, beautiful flowers!

Father's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCI

Several studies link flowers to positive emotional health. So let’s make Dad happy and send flowers this Father’s Day.  Read More

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Easter Flowers and Traditions

by Suzie Kostick on April 15, 2019 at 5:55 am

Easter Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIEach holiday has its own traditions, ones that bring happy memories, and warm feelings that connect one generation to the next. This is certainly true for Easter with its cute bunnies, decorated eggs, baskets of candy, sunrise services and spring flowers.

It seems like flowers are in abundance this time of year, and for good reason. After a long cold winter, the bold colors and fragrant blossoms associated with spring and Easter are a welcomed reprieve.  Read More

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Valentine’s Day: Then and Now

by Suzie Kostick on January 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Valentines' Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIBelieve it or not, Valentine’s Day was not created by florists, greeting card companies or candy makers.

In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius established February 14th as Valentine’s Day. Named for a martyred Christian saint, it was a move to cast the holiday’s predecessor, Lupercalia, as pagan. Celebrated by the ancient Romans, Lupercalia was a bacchanalian party meant to purify the city of evil spirits, releasing health and fertility.

Valentine’s Day as we know it started around the early 1800s, when companies began to mass-produce elaborately decorated cards, which were often attached to boxes of candy. As cut flowers became more accessible, they too became popular gifts given on this special day … and so, a tradition was born.

Valentines' Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIThe rose is undoubtedly the flower most associated with the modern Valentine’s Day, and flower shops carry a large selection of beautiful blossoms, some specifically brought in for Valentine’s Day. Florists select these blooms based on their longevity, color diversity, unique characteristics (such as petal shape) and fragrance.

Flowers come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and your florist can help you select the perfect gift to wow your sweetheart.  Read More

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Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIThanksgiving is a time when families gather, feasts are prepared, and we say our final goodbye to the growing season before winter covers the ground in a blanket of white.

There is something comforting about this autumn holiday as it provides time to pause and reflect on our surroundings and brings family and friends to the gathering table.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure flowers are part of your celebration. This time of year offers a variety of textural blossoms in rich tones of golden yellow, velvety burgundy and deep oranges.

Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCISunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, lilies and alstroemeria are widely available this time of year and range in almost every color of an autumn sunset.

Combining these harvest favorites in vintage or rustic containers with accents of bittersweet or rose hips make for interesting centerpieces perfectly fit for a traditional Thanksgiving table.

But what if your style and tastes take you in a different direction?  Read More

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Stylish Holiday Home Decorating Trends

by Suzie Kostick on November 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Photo courtesy of Flora Magazine; Designed by Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CFD, CF PFCI The turkey has been devoured, the last bite of dressing has been eaten and there is not an ounce of cranberry sauce to be found. So now what? Time to haul out the tinsel, hang the holly and untangle the hundreds of strands of twinkle lights, that’s what.

The holidays are here, and that means celebrations, gatherings and a ton of great decorating opportunities. The choices of where to find decorating inspiration and where to purchase this year’s hottest decorations are endless, but nothing beats your local professional florists for innovative ideas and beautiful accessories.

The looks for this holiday season seem to range from glitz and sparkles to natural and organic with each having several styles from which to select. Although each end of the spectrum has its appeal, styles that keep just a little tradition hidden in them seem to be the favorites.

If you like anything that sparkles and shines, you’ll love the mixed metallic look. Items that combine soft golds with aged silvers work well with many home decor styles.

Looking for a softer, warmer look? You’ll love the many selections in tones of rose gold and champagne that can be found in tree trimmings, ribbons, wreaths, candle holders and ornaments.  Read More